Skip to main content
Mark Jansen

Mark Jansen


Mark Jansen is an avid follower of everything that beeps, bloops, or makes pretty lights. He has a degree in Ancient & Medieval History, which obviously makes him a shoo-in to write about technology for a living. He currently contributes to the Mobile section on Digital Trends, with a particular emphasis and expertise on exploring the weirder side of smartphones, from tiny rugged phones to massive gaming phones. You'll most often find him seeking out leaks and rumors on upcoming devices, and playing with a variety of new apps for both Android and iOS.

Epson WF-7510 front printing

How to print from an Android phone or tablet

Printing from a mobile device is now easier than ever — you don't even need a PC. Here's how to print from an Android smartphone or tablet in multiple ways.
Someone holding the Bay blue Google Pixel 8 Pro.

5 phones you should buy instead of the Google Pixel 8 Pro

The Google Pixel 8 Pro is Google's best ever Pixel phone. But there are alternatives. Here are five other phones you should buy instead.
The Garmin Forerunner 165 Music sat in an open gym bag.

I reviewed Garmin’s newest fitness watch. Here’s why it’s a must-buy

The Garmin Forerunner 165 is a new, reasonably priced entry in Garmin's roster of fitness watches. But is it worth its price tag compared to other options?
Renders of the Moto G 5G (2024) and Moto G Power 5G (2024).

Don’t buy this new Motorola phone — get this other one instead

Motorola's two new budget smartphones look great, but how do they compare? We put the Moto G Power 5G (2024) against the Moto G 5G (2024) to find out.
WhatsApp logo on a phone.

How to know if someone blocked you on WhatsApp

Do you suspect you've been blocked on WhatsApp? Here are some ways you can test to see whether you've been blocked by a specific WhatsApp contact.
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra in Titanium Gray camera module.

How to get developer options on your Android phone

Want to go behind the scenes with Android? We’ll teach you how to access your phone’s developer options, where plenty of new features and settings await you.
The Moto G Power 5G and Moto G 5G phones in a render.

Motorola’s two new budget phones shouldn’t look this good

Budget phones are far from being the slow, ugly affairs they once were, as the new Moto G Power 5G and Moto G 5G from Motorola prove.
OnePlus 5 soft gold with the phone app open.

How to block a number on iPhones and Android phones

No matter what type of smartphone you're using, we can help you avoid all of those pesky robo and sales calls. Here's how to block a number on any smartphone.
A person holding the open Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, showing the screen.

If the Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra is real, it needs these 7 features

What's better than a Z Fold 6? A Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra, that's what! Here are seven features a Z Fold 6 Ultra will need to really make it worthwhile.
The 1Password Android app, side-by-side, showing the light and dark mode.

The 1Password Android app just got a huge upgrade

It's time to upgrade to a new level of account safety. 1Password's Android app now supports passkeys, helping to make your accounts even more secure.
The Apollo Neuro being worn on an ankle.

This $350 wearable is one of the strangest gadgets I’ve ever used

The world is an anxious place, but can a wearable help you to manage that? I took one for a spin, and I'm still none the wiser.
A render of a ZTE tablet announced at MWC 2024.

ZTE’s new Android tablet is one of the craziest we’ve seen in 2024

ZTE has announced a new tablet with a whole lot of buzzwords attached to it. Say hello to the ZTE Nubia Pad 3D II, which combines 3D, AI, and 5G.
Tecno's new renewable fiber on the back of a phone.

This company gave us a sneak peek at the future of smartphone design

One of 2023's most interesting smartphone companies is at MWC 2024, and it just gave us a sneak peek at what the future of smartphone design could look like.
The Tecno Dynamic 1 robot dog on a cyberpunk background.

This AI-powered robot dog looks like something from The Terminator

Domo Arigato, Roboto Doggo. Tecno Mobile has announced the Dynamic 1, an AI-enhanced robot dog for your household.
Instagram app running on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5.

How to download Instagram photos for free

Wishing you could download all of your Instagram photos or save a photo to use as wallpaper? It's easier than you think. We've got several methods you can try.
Holding the Galaxy Tab S8 in hand and showing multiple apps running simultaneously.

How to use Split Screen View on a Samsung tablet

Ever wish you could look at two apps side by side on your Samsung Galaxy Tab? Here's how to use Split Screen View on a Samsung tablet.
QR code scanning shortcut on an iPhone.

How to scan a QR code on Android and iPhone

Here's how to scan a QR code on your iPhone or Android phone. Many phones have QR code scanners, but if yours doesn't, we also recommend some apps to help.
New cases for the iPhone 15.

The best iPhone 15 cases in 2024: our 20 favorites

The Apple iPhone 15 has had a big makeover, making it as important as ever to keep your new iPhone 15 safe with the best Apple iPhone 15 cases.
The OnePlus 12 and Pixel 8's screens.

The best Android phones in 2024: the 14 best ones you can buy

If you’re an Android fan in search of a new smartphone, then allow us to find the perfect partner. Here are the best Android phones at various prices.
A person holding the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.

5 phones you should buy instead of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is an incredible phone, but there are some phones you should consider instead. Here are five of the best S24 Ultra alternatives.
The Samsung Galaxy S24 laying on a shelf with its screen turned on.

The best Samsung Galaxy S24 cases in 2024: the 15 best ones

The Samsung Galaxy S24 may be the smallest of the new S-range, but it's no wimp. Here are the best Samsung Galaxy S24 cases to help it last for years.
kindle and smartphone on tool roll

Are Kindle books free? How to read on your Kindle without paying

The Amazon Kindle is an exceptional piece of kit, but it doesn't have to be an expensive one. Here's how to get free books for your Kindle.
Google Pixel 8 in two different case colors.

The best Google Pixel 8 cases in 2024: 20 best ones you can buy

The Google Pixel 8 has landed. Make sure yours is protected from day one with the best Google Pixel 8 cases available right now!
The new Google Wallet app running on an Android phone.

How to add your ID or driver’s license to Google Wallet

Your digital Google Wallet is slowly increasing its ability to become your main wallet. Here's how to add your ID or driver's license to Google Wallet.
The Garmin Forerunner 165 in use.

Garmin’s newest running watch is cheaper than you’d expect

The Forerunner 165 is Garmin's latest running watch. It has a familiar design, is packed with health features, and is a lot cheaper than you'd expect.
Amazon Kindle (2022) Dark Mode

How to convert a Kindle book to a PDF

Amazon locks its Kindle e-books to its Kindle devices, but there's a way to convert these files to read them as PDFs. This guide shows you how.
Fortnite Android version running on a smartphone.

How to get Fortnite on your Android phone or tablet

Fortnite may not be on the Google Play Store, but it's still available through Epic. Here's how to side-load the official app and jump back in.
How to Hide Apps on an iPhone.

How to hide apps on your iPhone

Whether you want some privacy or don't want to be embarrassed, it's easy to hide apps on an iPhone. This article explains exactly how to do it step-by-step.
Sim chip on fingertip with phone in the background.

How to unlock a phone on every carrier in 2024

Want to break your smartphone out of carrier jail? Here's a guide on how to unlock your phone so you can change carriers or use it while traveling abroad.
Holding the green Samsung Galaxy S23.

The best Samsung Galaxy S23 cases in 2024: our 19 favorites

The Samsung Galaxy S23 is a spectacular smartphone that can last for many years. Make sure it does with one of the best Samsung Galaxy S23 cases!
iBlason iPhone 15 Pro case sponsored

The best iPhone 15 Pro cases in 2024: our 20 favorites

The Apple iPhone 15 Pro is the iPhone to buy if you want the most powerful iPhone available in a smaller size. Here are the best cases to keep it safe.
The Z Fold 5 being half folded.

I just ordered my first folding phone, and I’m worried

I've just ordered a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, and far from being excited, I'm very worried. Here's why.
Renders of the Samsung Galaxy S24 next to the OnePlus 12.

Samsung Galaxy S24 vs. OnePlus 12: Which one should you buy?

The Samsung Galaxy S24 is powerful and pocket-sized. Can it stand up against the titanic monolith, the OnePlus 12, and which should you buy? We found out.
A close-up of leaked renders of the Nothing Phone 2a.

The Nothing Phone 2a might be missing a very important feature

The Nothing Phone 2a has been pictured for the first time in claimed leaks that show the phone in all its glory. But it's missing a notable Nothing feature.